Friday Finds: The Best Of Learning, Design & Technology | April 22, 2022

“Our memory is at best a photograph that is constantly being Photoshopped by our brain without our permission or awareness.” 

Blindsight

Happy Friday! It was back to the real world this week with a bit of an adventure getting home. We wound up flying to Dayton and driving the rest of the way home. I’m just grateful our travel challenges happened on the way home and not on the way out! 

Thanks for reading

What I’m Listening to:  It’s a foggy morning which calls for this chilled out lo-fi Crate Digger playlist.

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Last week’s most clicked item:
21 Questions to ask before Designing Any Training Program


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See-Do-Feedback: The Right Way To Practice

This post by Scott Young says that good practice has three components: 

  1. See. Look for an example of how to solve a problem.
  2. Do. Solve the problem yourself.
  3. Feedback. Check whether you got the right answer.

https://www.scotthyoung.com/blog/2022/04/21/see-do-feedback/

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In Praise of Memorization

Memorization means intentionally learning something so that you remember it with muscle memory; that is, you know the information without needing to look it up. Knowledge is at our fingertips and we can look anything up, but it’s knowing what knowledge is available and how to integrate it into our existing knowledge base that’s important.

http://www.pearlleff.com/in-praise-of-memorization 

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Expert secrets to building pro-level PowerPoint templates

Think you know about PowerPoint templates? You might be surprised. Learn some top template tips from this post, based on the excellent book by Julie Terberg and Echo Swinford “Building PowerPoint Templates

https://bootcamp.uxdesign.cc/expert-secrets-to-building-pro-level-powerpoint-templates-c50140f5027b

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Understanding How Prior Knowledge Influences Memory in Older Adults

Learning is a virtuous circle. The more you learn, the more you can remember. Previously-stored knowledge functions as a framework in which newly learned information can be linked.

https://www.jstor.org/stable/44290143

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20 Googling Tricks 99% of People Don’t Know About

We can all benefit from being better searchers. Here are some useful tips to help double your search outputs using half the time and energy. How many of these are new to you?

https://medium.com/better-humans/20-googling-tricks-99-of-people-dont-know-about-465ba0477bec

  • Tiiny Host is a fast and easy way to get your elearning courses & other content on the web.
  • Beautiful.ai just came out with a nice free #PowerPoint add-in to help build better slides faster
  • TabExtend is a browser add-in that lets you manage tabs, notes, and to-dos
  • Dupple is a free community platform for discussions, events, feedbacks
  • Create a portfolio site in just a few clicks with devfolio

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Published by Mike Taylor

Born with a life-long passion for learning, I have the great fortune to work at the intersection of learning, design, technology & collaboration.

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